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Illinois Child Custody



Even after parents' romantic relationship ends, it's in the best interests of all involved for a parent's relationship with his or her minor children to continue. A child custody attorney can help Illinois parents negotiate a child custody arrangement and visitation schedule, set up child support and even establish legal paternity, if necessary.

Illinois Child Custody & Child Support Law

In the eyes of the law, the best child custody arrangements (also known as parenting agreements) are those that parents create together.

Illinois law splits child custody into two broad categories: Physical custody (or where the child primarily resides) and legal custody (or how parents handle major decisions while raising a child). In each case, parents may share joint custody or one parent may have sole custody. If one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent typically has visitation rights.

If parents cannot reach a mutually agreeable custody decision, then the judge will make a custody decision based on the best interests of the child. The court will structure a custody agreement that enables both parents to have significant involvement in the child's physical, mental, emotional and moral well-being.

Parents will also have to reach agreement on child support. In Illinois, support is calculated based on the non-custodial parent's net income and the number of children the parent supports. The percentage of the non-custodial parent's net income usually allocated for support is:

  • One child: 20%
  • Two children: 28%
  • Three children: 32%
  • Four children: 40%
  • Five children: 45%
  • Six or more children: 50%
  • Once parents have reached agreement on child custody, support and visitation, both parents are expected to adhere to these agreements. Talk to your child custody lawyers if modifications are necessary or if one parent is not following the agreements.

    Find & Hire Local Illinois Child Custody Attorneys

    Child custody, visitation and child support decisions can have a long-lasting impact on both children and their parents. For this reason, it's important to get the advice and guidance of an experienced family lawyer.

    Let Attorneys.com help you locate a child custody lawyer in your area. Whether you live in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford or elsewhere in the state, our free service can match you with local lawyers. To find a lawyer today, call us at 877-913-7222 or complete the form on this page.